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[all][tc] A web tool which helps administrators in managing openstack clusters


Hi Douglas,

Sounds like a great project, thanks for proposing that in the community and
trying to open source it.

We have been using Horizon for a long time but not satisfied with the
design and the slow progress of the innovation.

I have a few questions/suggestions:

1. It'd be great and gain more attractions if you could provide a demo
about how "openstack-admin" looks like
2. What OpenStack services has "openstack-admin" already integrated? Is it
easy to integrate with others?

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Best regards,
Lingxian Kong
Catalyst Cloud


On Tue, Aug 20, 2019 at 10:22 PM Douglas Zhang <lychzhz at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello everyone,
>
> To help users interact with openstack, weâ??re currently developing a
> client-side web tool which enables administrators to manage their openstack
> cluster in a more efficient and convenient way. (Since we have not named it
> officially yet, Iâ??m going to call it openstack-admin)
>
> *# Introduction*
>
> Some may ask, â??Why do we need an extra web-based user interface since we
> have horizon?â?? Well, although horizon is a mature and powerful dashboard,
> it is far not efficient enough on big clusters (a simple list operation
> could take seconds to complete). Whatâ??s more, its flexibility of searching
> could not match our requirements. To overcome obstacles above, a more
> efficient tool is urgently required, thatâ??s why we started to develop
> openstack-admin.
>
> *# Highlights*
>
> Comparing with the current user interface, openstack-admin has following
> advantages:
>
>    -
>
>    *Fast*: openstack-admin gets data straightly from SQL databases
>    instead of calling standard openstack API, which accelerates the querying
>    period to a large extent (especially when weâ??re dealing with a large amount
>    of data).
>    -
>
>    *Flexible*: openstack-admin supports the fuzzy search for any
>    important field(e.g. display_name/uuid/ip_address/project_name of an
>    instance), which enables users to locate a particular object in no time.
>    -
>
>    *User-friendly*: the backend of openstack-admin gets necessary
>    messages from the message queue used by nova, and send them to the frontend
>    using websocket. This way, not only more realistic progress bars could be
>    implemented, but more detailed information could be provided to users as
>    well.
>
> *# Issues*
>
> To make this tool more efficient and provide better support for
> concurrency, we chose Golang to implement openstack-admin. As Iâ??ve asked
> before (truly appreciate advises from Jeremy and Ghanshyam), a project
> written by an unofficial language may be accepted only if existing
> languages have been proven to not meet the technical requirements, so weâ??re
> considering re-implementing openstack-admin using python if we canâ??t come
> to an agreement on the language issue.
>
> So thatâ??s all. How do you guys think of this project?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Douglas Zhang
>
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